2016 Baileys Womens Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced on International Womens Day

Today is International Women’s Day and people are celebrating in a variety of creative ways. You may want to celebrate by reading one of our suggested Essential Books on Feminism. The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was established in 1996 and is the United Kingdom’s only award for women writers of fiction. According to its website, “the Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality, and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.” The winner will receive a £30,000 and a “limited edition bronze known as ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven.” 

The Baileys Prize longlist was chosen by this year’s panel of judges (who read over 170 novels), and includes well-known authors such as Kate Atkinson and Anne Enright, as well as debut self-published authors from around the world. 

Margaret Mountord, this year’s Chair of Judges, stated: 

We had a hugely enjoyable and stimulating meeting, as there were a great many strong novels in contention. We are delighted with the quality, the imaginative scope and the ambition of our chosen books, a longlist which reflects the judges’ interests and tastes. We hope readers will enjoy the variety of outstanding work on offer.

Here is the complete 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist:

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks


The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

Whispering Through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliot 

The Green Road by Anne Enright 


The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy 

The Anatomist’s Dream by Clio Gray 

At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison


Pleasantville by Attica Locke 

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney 

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie  

Girl at War by Sara Novi?


The House on the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild 

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout  

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 


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